Thursday, 8 April 2010


The Dutch Fibermail group that I am a member of has a postcard swap each month. The theme for this month is Doors and I first thought of making a card featuring some beautiful old doors, the ones you can find in Europe or Morocco... Then I decided it would be nice to do some Australian doors for a change. Not many really old doors here (for European standards, that is), but beautiful doors, yes!

This is the Queenslander that we live in (it's not ours, but we've been living here for 2 years now and just signed a contract for another year, so it does feel like home). You can read more about these houses on this excellent blog about art and architecture.

Our house has some beautiful doors inside, but I chose these doors on the front deck to depict on my card:

I sent this drawing off to be made into a thermofax screen, but it hasn't arrived yet... so I had to do something else.

I made the same drawing on a piece of tea-dyed fabric, coloured it in with gel pens and fabric markers and cut out the open spaces. I fused it to a piece of wattle fabric (the Golden Wattle - Acacia pycnantha - is Australia's national flower) and ironed that onto a piece of fast-2-fuse.

Then I stitched the outlines, backed the card with some muslin and satin-stitched the edges. And now I can hardly bear to let it go! ;-)

We're off today for a 4-day camping trip, so I'll be back here on Monday!


Ellen said...

goed gelukt Linda! fijn weekend.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

such a good idea, i just love it! thanks for sharing your thought process.

Lynn Cohen said...

Loved the story of your door(s)...and isn't hard sometimes to part with our art? I feel the same with much of mine I make for others.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Dianne said...

I love this door postcard Linda. So creative and really feels like you are on the verandah of an old Qeenslander!

Unknown said...

The door is your next step! love it! Beautiful and very clever!


Anne said...

Your house looks just like my brother's old house - they lived in Kedron. Where are you?! Of course it may be a very standard design (I'm not from Brissy) ... but I remember the stairs, doors and panels above the internal doors. Queenslanders have a lot of style.

Melly Testa said...

The doors and the manner you chose to depict them is great! I love this size! It is so expressive.